Monday, November 18, 2013

Mindless Monday, Quotable Quotes, Crock Pot Ham, Thanksgiving Suggestions

Good Monday morning!

RANDOMNESS - Let's start the week off with Pepper Place Farmer's Market pictures, shall we?

We ate at The Red Cat again...

And I had the organic grits and took pictures of odd things hanging from the ceiling.

Can you tell I got a little bored waiting for my grits?

Twinkly lights make everything better. I think that is what Meg Ryan's character says in You've Got Mail... and it is true.

This planter haunts me.

I looked everywhere, but I couldn't find the top half.

This is Bella. She absolutely adores her owner. He is a vendor at Pepper Place and he sells organic dog treats.

I showed him the above pic before we left, and he laughed and said, "I bought Bella for my wife, but for some reason, she's totally my dog."

Could it be because he makes and sells organic dog treats for a living?


This looks like Mrs. Doubtfire to me.

Mikie tried his hand at an "artsy" photo. For Mike (and me), "artsy" means "hold the camera at a weird angle."

And for this specific picture, "make sure The Enchanting Belinda has no pigment whatsoever in her face, neck or arms."

I spotted this little guy on a porch during our travels Saturday morning.

How cute is he?

Quotable Quotes - If you've known me five minutes, you know my favorite movie is You've Got Mail. (I may have mentioned it once or a thousand times since I started the blog.)

I'm going to share one of my favorite movie quotes with you this morning. It's from Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan's character in the movie).

"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life - well, valuable, but small - and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around? I don't really want an answer. I just want to send this cosmic question out into the void. So good night, dear void."

And now I have to ask myself... Do I lead a simple life because I like it, or because I haven't been brave?


(I'll try to answer that one after I finish another couple of loads of laundry!)

Crock Pot Ham

You will need the following:

1 ham, pre-cooked, bone-in, spiral cut
3 cups brown sugar
1 can pineapple tidbits, undrained
1. Cover the bottom of the crock with brown sugar.

2. Place ham on top of the brown sugar and add the pineapple tidbits with the juice. Sprinkle ham with more brown sugar.

3. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

I made this for Sunday lunch yesterday and it was good. It received Five Stars (which, as you know, is HUGE.)

Thanksgiving Suggestions (Andrea... This is for you!)

1. My family has not done this (YET), but it has always been on my holiday "to-do" list.

I would love for our family to one day serve meals (or prepare food) for a homeless shelter or downtown mission on or near Thanksgiving or Christmas... or any other day of the year, for that matter.

I think it would be meaningful and rewarding.

And I'm going to make plans to do it sooner than later.

2. This year, I'm sending text messages to my nieces, nephews, sister, brother-in-law, sons and daughter asking them to gather any and all change they can find in their cars, purses, drawers, pockets, etc., etc.

I am then asking them to bring their change to our Thanksgiving lunch.

They will put their change in a large bucket (provided by me).

After lunch, any of the kids who want to (but especially Austin, Josh, Brad and Zac) will head to Walmart and dump the change into the "change" machine.

They will return to Grandmother's house with the money.

I will write a check equal to the "change amount" to the American Red Cross and put it in a pre-stamped and addressed envelope.

Someone will then take the envelope to Grandmother's mailbox and raise the flag.

The mailman will pick it up Friday, and it will be on the way to help the many homeless and hurting in the Philippines.

Keep in mind, The Faulkner Five and The Lovely Melia are celebrating Thanksgiving with my side of the family this Sunday. I don't have to worry about Walmart being open since it isn't technically Thanksgiving. If you want to try "Change for the Philippians" with you and yours on Thanksgiving Thursday, you will need to make a few calls to see if there is a store open with a change machine...

Or everyone could sit down in the middle of the floor and put the money in change rollers.

You know your family!

You know what would work best for them!

(The change machine will work best for me and mine!)

I hope you have a spectacular week. I'll be back Friday with basketball pics (we have two games), more Thanksgiving Suggestions and probably some Pinterest Stuff.

Take care, and I'll talk to you Friday.


The Enchanting Belinda


  1. Years ago, when I was 'boss' of the office (I use that term loosely)...I proposed a 'pauper's lunch' at Christmas instead of a giant spread of food that none of us needed to gorge ourselves on (Oops ending with a preposition). Well, we all brought cheap food - bologna, bread, American cheese, etc.. you get the drift. And then we each donated $$ for the amount we would have spent on a feast and gifts. We even got the doctors in the office to donate and we sent the $$ to the Jimmie Hale Mission. All were blessed!

  2. Oh my Belinda-- seeing my name there- gave me a chuckle!!
    Thanks for the wonderful ideas. I like them a lot especially since
    the ideas are about helping others. Andrea


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